‘A sleeping giant’ celebrates 150 years

Interview with Mr Michal Hort, Past Pupil of Don Bosco President of the World Confederation (2015-2021)        Slovakia, 11 June 2021 — The interview below was actually conducted in May, but given the upcoming Regional online meeting of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco this month, now is an appropriate time to publish it. Can you share briefly about your life journey with Don Bosco, your job and family?   ​​​​​​​       My name is Michal Hort, I am 43 years old and married. With my wife Martina we have 3 kids: Therese, Philip and Matthew, who are 10, 8 ad 4 years old respectively. I am an entrepreneur, with a consultancy company in the sector of EU funding. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients to get grants for their development and investment projects.   ​​​​​​​       I grew up in a family of 5 children (being the oldest), where both my parents are past pupils of Don Bosco. My father always taught me to help the Salesians. I studied at the Salesian high school in Sastin (Slovakia) and then at the Bologna University (Italy). So, I have been raised...

Rector Major’s online address to 12th International Congress of Past Pupils for Asia Oceania Region

24 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, sent a message of thanks and encouragement to the Past Pupils who tomorrow and the day after (June 25-26) will participate, in digital mode, in the XII Congress of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco of the Asia and Oceania Region. “We must be moved by hope in all possible senses of this sentence,” he says. Below is the text of his message. My dear friends, Past Pupils of Don Bosco from the South Asia/East Asia-Oceania Region who are now celebrating the 12th International Congress involving the 28 nations of that part of the world, of the Salesian world. I am very happy to greet you and be with you in this way since any other way would not be possible today, and I really feel very happy, and especially thankful. Thanks to all of you because, believe me, what you are doing is so very important. Thanks means thanking all the leadership, thanking all of you involved in carrying forward your (local) Past Pupil Associations, because it means you have discovered the great value these have for the Salesian...

In conversation with Michal Hort, President of World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco

24 June 2021 (ANS – Budapest) – The Past Pupils of Don Bosco of Hungary, about to found their national association, conducted an interview with the President of the World Confederation of Past Pupils, Michal Hort. Today, 24 June, Don Bosco’s name feast day and 151th anniversary of the symbolic birth of the Past Pupils – which can be traced back to the famous gift of coffee cups to Don Bosco by Carlo Gastini and the other ancient pupils of the Valdocco Oratory – we publish some excerpts. Can you tell us about yourself? When and where did you meet the Salesians? What do you do for a living? And, as we know, you also have a family … My name is Michal Hort. I’m 43 years old. I’m married. I have my wife Martina and my 3 kids, Tereza, Filip and Matus. They are 10, 8, and 4 years old. I’m an entrepreneur. I have a consultancy company in the sector of EU funds. My company currently has 10 employees and we help our clients get grants for their development and investment projects. I grew up in a family of five children, of which I am the eldest, where...

12th Asia-Oceania Congress: Awakening and rejuvenating a sleeping giant

By AO Congress steering committee        Asia-Oceania PPDB Region, 27 June 2021 — Just another Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils? Not really! The now completed 12th Asia-Oceania Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils without doubt is a turning point in the Association’s history. According to some of the 120 (zoom platform) online registered participants it was really an inspiration and strong encouragement for their life and Association journey.        Deep family encounter in and out of the digital space        First of all this Congress brought together some 120 registered participants (zoom platform): 40 SDB delegates (and 3 SDB provincials: AUL, INA and THA with the EAO regional councillor Fr. Joseph Phuoc) and during the first day more than 1500 views of the LIVE Congress streaming on the YouTube.        Amazing was the Thai creativity (taking advantage of their SF Days 2021) to gather their GEX (Young Past Pupils) in two venues – Bangkok and Haat Yai to follow in this event physically. Congratulations for showing us the way!        For some ‘newcomers’ to the Past Pupil Association – young members from Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Solomon Islands...

The Thai Salesian Past Pupils at the 12th Asia-Oceania Don Bosco Past Pupils’ Congress

Bangkok, Thailand, 29 June 2021 — Bro. Thanad Anan, SDB, the Salesian delegate for the past pupils of Thailand, together with 3 representatives of the past pupils, joined the online 12th Congress of the Salesian Past Pupils of Asia-Oceania Region from 25-26 June 2021, under the theme “Moved By Hope”.        On this occasion, the past pupils of Thailand were privileged to be given the technical responsibility for the online linkages together with the alumni of Japan and the Philippine Provinces. Bro. Thanad assigned Mr. Poonyawee Manosantipap to lead the technicians from the Thai side together with two others, namely, Mr. Nattawut Watcharasakpaisan and Mr. Phuwadon Chaisomboon, with Fr. Ekasit Talhakultorn as adviser for planning and management.        After the initial meeting with Fr. Ekasit, the working team chose Saeng Thong Vitthaya School – Hatyai as the main technical base for the live broadcast, connecting 3 languages, namely, Bahasa Indonesia, Tetun – Timor L’este, and Thai. This base was chosen for convenience since Bro. Thanad and Mr. Poonyawee work in this school. They put up the technical team, composed of:        Thai Technical Team: 1. Mr.Poonyawee Manosantipap 2. Mr.Monton Uerwongprawit 3. Mr.Eakkasit Janpeng...

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil

Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past pupil By Sunil Iqbal        Lahore Pakistan, 15 March 2021 — Akash Bashir’s final words as he was martyred were: “I will die but I will not let you to go”. Pakistan’s Salesian Community celebrated Mass on 15 March, the 6th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Akash Bashir, the Pakistani Salesian Past Pupil who saved hundreds of people inside the Church by embracing a suicide bomber and offered his own life. We humbly ask all of you to pray for our Pakistani Christian community.        “Faith in Jesus and in the power of His Holy Name is the greatest spiritual force in the world today. It is a source of joy and inspiration in our youth; of strength in our manhood, when only His Holy Name and His grace, can enable us to overcome temptation; of hope, consolation and confidence at the hour of our death, when more than ever before, we realize, that the meaning of Jesus is ‘Lord, the Savior.’ We should bow in reverence to His Name and submission to His Holy Will.” Source: Sixth Anniversary of martyrdom of Akash Bashir, Pakistani past...